The Trinitarian processions

The procession of the Son from the Father is of the intellectual order and so is the best possible thought. As with all knowledge, thinker and thought, subject and object are one in substance distinguished only by the relations a quo and ad quod. 

But imagine having the best possible thought – the most bloggable post, the most hilarious joke, the perfect turn of phrase, the best and most decisive argument all rolled into one – but having no one to share it with. Under such a condition divinity becomes the ultimate cruel joke. Our need to express our thoughts to others arises precisely from the perfection of the thought as a common good, not from our limitation and dependance.

So  the consubstantiality of the Father and Son as ultimate thinker and ultimate thought presupposes the volitional procession as one with whom this thought and life can be shared.  Love or will or desire at its height certainly can’t be for what is consumed, or even for what is created or sacrificed for another but only for what is lived in common, in keeping with its nature as a common and therefore superabundant good. This is impossible except between equals, and so is had only with a divine person.

The Son and Spirit are thus different dimensions of the fullness of life. On one axis this fullness is in self-possession and autonomy, which can occur only through intellection. On another axis this very principle of self-possession and autonomy is, without shared life between equals, pointless and even infernal.

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